Canada’s Kurt Browning put on a dazzling display of jumping, including a trademark quadruple, to edge Chris Bowman of Van Nuys for the men’s gold medal at the World Figure Skating Championships Thursday in Paris.
Bowman, skating immediately after Browning, came through with a showy, flowing performance but had to be content with the silver.
Poland’s Grzegorz Filipowski upset an error-prone Alexandr Fadeev of the Soviet Union to take the bronze.
Browning, fifth after the compulsory figures and second going into the final free-skating program, received seven marks of 5.9 for technical merit and four for artistic impression.
Bowman, the U.S. champion, was third going into the free skating behind Fadeev and Browning.
Browning made one small slip halfway through the routine when he landed off balance on a triple axel but repeated the jump correctly in combination 15 seconds later to earn Canada its fourth men’s gold medal in the event and repeat countryman Brian Orser’s 1987 success.
Browning, 22, was sixth last year and eighth at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.
U.S. champion Jill Trenary made a solid start in her bid for the women’s title by placing second in the compulsory figures behind European champion Claudia Leistner of West Germany.